No work environment needs more safety measures to be put into place than the construction arena. There are many job hazards that workers need to look out for and they need someone to guide them about what precautions to take to avoid injuries. Safety officers are hired for this purpose; monitoring workplace activities and ensuring compliance with safety protocols is their main job.
Safety officers develop policies and protocols upon which construction workers perform their duties. This helps workers reduce the chance of accidents and injuries and prevents from losses that the company may be hit with due to inability to meet deadlines. One of the first things that a safety officer does on a typical workday is to inspect the premises and the machinery that workers will use to ensure that they are safe to run. He may look for potential hazards such as slippery floors or faulty equipment that may result in a problem. He will also inspect workers to make sure that they are wearing safety clothing and gear such as helmets and jackets.
A construction safety officer needs a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety to be eligible for this position. Being BCSP certified while not a necessity, but it will certainly help you obtain employment as a safety officer.
• Assist in developing and implementing safety and loss prevention programs.
• Monitor safety performance of on-site workers to determine vulnerability.
• Identify and remove unsafe or hazardous materials from job sites prior to each shift.
• Check workers to ensure that they are wearing the right type of clothes (helmets, jackets and gloves) before they begin their shift.
• Inspect workplace at the beginning of each day to make sure it is safe for operation.
• Perform inspection on equipment and tools that workers will use during their shift.
• Check the stability of scaffolding and make sure that all materials such as tar, cement and bricks are of good quality.
• Perform accident investigations to gauge measures that need to be taken to prevent them the next time.
• Write detailed report of on-site accidents.
• Conduct detailed safety audits on a periodic basis.
• Educate workers about the company’s safety policy and procedures that they need to follow.
• Store hazardous materials and dangerous equipment in specially designated storage places.
• Inspect safety related complaints such as spills, poisoning and disease outbreaks.
• Communicate essential safety standards to workers during each walkthrough stage regardless of how many times it has been repeated.
• Conduct safety trainings and orientations.
• Develop and submit comprehensive safety report of each inspection undertaken.